Enjoy great music while adding instant visual focus to any room with these stunning wireless speakers
The Pillar is currently available in four colours; Hi Gloss White, Brushed Aluminium, Matte Black and Pewter as well as in a range of limited edition print designs promising to bring some design kudos to you living room. You can connect any Bluetooth device to the speaker and a built-in mic means that the Audio Pillar doubles as a hands-free unit too. Away from a power socket, it will deliver 15 hours of music from a single charge. £299, www.stelleaudio.com.
A lot more touchy feely than most speakers due to the fact that it is covered in felt, the Loop is a small circular speaker that can be mounted to the wall or stood free-standing. It connects to your phone or tablet via DLNA, PlayDirect and Apple's AirPlay rather than managing the streaming itself. The Loop comes in three colours: pepper black, salt grey and raspberry red, and other interchangeable colours can be purchased through the Libratone website. £399, www.libratone.com.
The best wireless streaming system on the market. Prices start from £169 and go up to £700 for a dedicated speaker that you connect to the internet and then control via your phone or tablet. The success here is the great sound, the easy install, and that you can have up to 32 speakers (or rooms) in one system either playing the same or different music at the same time. £169 - £700, www.sonos.com.
Classic retro speakers, based on a 1960s British design, brought bang up to date in Bluetooth and AirPlay editions. Available in Black, White or Red, these offer true stereo, room-filling sound and look very snazzy too. £599, www.podspeakers.dk.
Taking its design language from Marantz hi-fi systems of the 50s and 60s, the Consolette promises to bring hi-fi separates sound to docks for the first time. On the wireless front you get Apple AirPlay support as well as the ability to stream from anything connected to your wireless home network. A single piece of walnut at the rear is fronted by a fabric enclosure and a solid aluminium base. £500, www.marantz.co.uk.
Pure used to make DAB radios, now it makes connected music streaming speakers and the Jongo range starts at £129 and goes up to £300. Pure has focused its efforts on its own easy-to-use music streaming service called Pure Connect and that guides you through music streaming efficiently. Like Sonos the system supports multiple rooms, although the sound offering isn't as rich, the system is cheaper. £129 - £300, www.pure.com.
That's not a moon, it's a speaker. That's right, this large circle is a beautifully sounding stereo speaker with AirPlay, Spotify Connect and DLNA wireless streaming options. You can customise the look and colour of both speaker and legs, and control the volume either remotely or with a swipe of its curvy top. £1699, www.bang-olufsen.com.
Unlike Sonos and Pure there is a greater focus for controls on the speaker although you can also control everything via an app. It doesn't offer support for as many music streaming services as Sonos, although more services are promises this year (2014). It too offers multi-room support. £349 - £600, www.bose.co.uk.
Looking more like a UFO than a speaker, this wireless speaker from Harman Kardon delivers 360 degree sound and can stream music from your Bluetooth device or via DLNA and Apple AirPlay. With six internal speakers and a powerful sub-woofer it sounds as powerful as it looks. £349.99, eu.harmankardon.com.
If you need something portable, then the Braven range, especially the
850/855 Bluetooth speakers, are certainly worth a look. Able to last 20
hours on a single charge, the speaker is also capable of charging your
phone and tablet too if you run low on power. Those looking for
something a little more rugged should opt for the 855s. It's covered in
rubber and able to withstand splashes (read light rain at a summer
picnic). £249/£279, www.braven.com.
The Denon new Cocoon Stream is a deliciously styled wireless music system that looks like a Kidney bean from behind. It offers audio streaming across every mobile platform and delivers the amazing sound that Denon is famous for. If you are struggling for what to play, the speaker also comes with Internet Radio options built-in. £250, www.denon.co.uk.